China is for further cooperation with Russia in fighting terrorism, China’s President Xi Jinping said in a mourning telegram, offering condolences after the murder of Russia’s Ambassador Andrei Karlov.


“The Chinese side confirms the intention to develop further cooperation with Russia and the international community in fighting terrorism in interests of common security,” reads the telegram published on website of the Russian embassy in China.


“I am shocked by the terrorist attack in Ankara, which resulted in the death of russia’s Ambassador in Turkey Andrei Karlov. The Chinese side strongly condemns this ruthless terrorist attack against the diplomat. On behalf of the Chinese government and people and from myself I am offering deepest condolences and please forward them to the family and friends of Andrei Karlov.”


Russia’s ambassador to Turkey, Andrey Karlov, was gunned down on December 19 as he was speaking at the opening of a photo exhibition Russia from Kaliningrad to Kamchatka through a Traveler’s Eyes. The Turkish authorities identified the attacker as former police officer Mevlut Mert Altyntash. He was promptly eliminated by the local security forces. The attacker had injured three other persons. The Russian Foreign Ministry has qualified the attack as an act of terrorism.